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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Notes, Quotes 2009-04-09

Oklahoma City Thunder Notes, Quotes 2009-04-09

Oklahoma City Thunder Notes, Quotes 2009-04-09
--Denver's George Karl joins a long list of NBA coaches enamored with Oklahoma City's prospects going forward. The three-man core of Kevin Durant, Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook has caught Karl's eye.

"I love the nucleus of their team," Karl said. "It's a young team that's going to have growing pains, but Durant is going to lead the league in scoring some day. Green, a lot of people compare him to Scottie Pippen, and the reason is because he's fundamentally sound in almost every area. And Westbrook, if you don't stay in front of him, he's extremely dangerous."

Karl also had praise for Nenad Krstic and Thabo Sefolosha, who he compared favorably to Bruce Bowen.

"I think they're in a great place and I read that they have like 47 draft picks in the next two years," Karl quipped. "They've put themselves in a good place. And not many people know about it, but Oklahoma City is kind of a tough place to play."

--The Thunder won't have the best chance to land the No. 1 pick in the lottery, unless the Kings suddenly go on an undefeated run to end the season and OKC doesn't win again.

Otherwise, the Thunder won't catch Sacramento, which owns the league's worst record and already has 61 losses. OKC could also reach 61 by losing its last four games.

The Thunder currently have the fourth-worst mark. The team with the worst record has a 25 percent chance of winning the lottery. It's 19.9 percent for second, 15.6 for third and 11.9 for fourth.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "These last two games, being able to come back like we did last night and tonight, we feel we have made it a step forward." -- Forward Kevin Durant after solid efforts against San Antonio and Denver on successive nights.

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